The regions superstar varietal is without doubt, the TINTA DE TORO. Related to the Spanish varietal, TEMPRANILLO, Tinta de Toro has adapted to the regions soils and climate so much so, it has developed its very own unique characteristics and no longer resembles its relative.
Tinta de Toro produces wines with great purity of fruit and a very distinct personality. The wines are well structured, intense, deeply concentrated and great for ageing in oak and bottle. As the regions principal grape, it covers mosts of the 8000 hectares under vine. The bunches are of cilindrical form, elongated with broad shoulders. The grapes are oval in shape and of medium size with a very characteristic black/blue/purple colour. When ripe, colored veins appear in the pulp of the grape. Its thick skin, which houses all the colour, aromas and tannins, is perfect for producing well structured wines that are rich in aromas and apt for ageing.
The only other red varietal permitted in Toro that has traditionally been used for fruity rose wines due to the fact that it boasts less structure and tannin than the Tinta de Toro. Most of the vines left are old vines. The regulating body (Denominacion de origen) TORO allows the use of up to 25% of this varietal in red wines.
MALVASIA is the most important and widely grown white varietal and comes mostly from old vines. It is an ancient varietal used by the romans with origins in Greece.
The bunches are large, coned with broad shoulders. The grapes are of a relatively large size, oval with a slightly yellow tone to a light green colour and thin skinned.
Its natural acidity and great aromatic potential makes for very fruity whites with great lively acidity and a distinct character.
Introduced to Castilla y Leon by the arabes during their possession of Spain, Verdejo was once grown in abundance in Toro. Over time, uprooting in favor of Tinta de Toro has meant that this is the minority grape grown in the region today.
Its bunches and grapes are small with thick skins leading to deeply concentrated wines.
Bodegas Fariña (D.O. TORO)
Camino del Palo s/n
49.800 Toro (Zamora - Spain)
Bodegas Fariña (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)
Crtra. de Moraleja s/n
49.151 Casaseca de las Chanas (Zamora - Spain)
Tel: +34 980 57 76 73 Fax: +34 980 57 77 20